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Warner sets Pacific Rim, Great Gatsby & Jupiter Ascending for 4K, plus T.A.M.I Show, Vestron & Curtis Hanson RIP

September 21, 2016 - 2:24 pm   |   by
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We’re kicking off the day today with a couple of new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray reviews... my thoughts on Shout! Factory’s recent Rocky Mountain Express, which is terrific, and Wonders of the Arctic, which is also a nice release. It’s fun to watch these 4K titles mastered from IMAX source material. They really look spectacular. Anyway, I may have at least one more review up today as well if you check back later, which would be Shout!’s Flight of the Butterflies in 4K. So do watch for that.

Here at The Bits today, our own Russell Hammond has just updated the Release Dates & Cover Art section with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K cover art, as well as pre-order links. As always, anytime you order product from Amazon – literally anything at all – through any of our links, you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it.  [Read on here…]

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In release news today, we’ve learned that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has just set Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, and The Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending for release on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format on 10/4 (SRP $44.95 each). Here’s what the cover artwork looks like (click on each to pre-order)...

The Great Gatsby (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray)   Jupiter Ascending (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray)   Pacific Rim (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray)

Star Trek Beyond (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray - Amazon Exclusive)

As you can see, we’ve also posted the updated cover art for Amazon’s Star Trek Beyond 4K Combo exclusive, which includes the film in 4K, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D, plus a replica of the USS Franklin starship from the film.

Speaking of 4K Ultra HD, we’ve also learned that Warner has plans to release Clint Eastwood’s Sully on the format, as well as War Dogs. And you already know that Suicide Squad is up for pre-order in 4K. Other newly listed 4K titles include Universal’s Jason Bourne and Sausage Party from Sony. Street dates for all of these titles are TBA.

In other release news, Shout! Factory has just set T.A.M.I. Show/The Big T.N.T. Show for Blu-ray release on 12/2 as part of their new Shout! Selects line (SRP $29.98). These are terrific vintage concert films featuring some of the great Rock & Roll and R&B acts of the 1960s. Extras will include an interview with T.A.M.I. Show director Steve Binder, new interviews with The Big T.N.T. Show performers Petula Clark, Henry Diltz and John Sebastian, audio commentary Steve Binder, original radio spots, and a 36-page booklet featuring detailed essays by Don Waller and rare photos and memorabilia.

Also, we mentioned it the other day, but Lionsgate has just set Return of the Living Dead 3 and C.H.U.D. II: Bud the CHUD for Blu-ray release on 11/22 as part of their Vestron Video Collector’s Series (SRP $34.97 each). Return of the Living Dead 3 will include audio commentary with director Brian Yuzna, audio commentary with actress Melinda Clarke and special make-up effects artist Tom Rainone, new interviews (with John Penney, Melinda Clarke, J. Trevor Edmond, David Tripet, Chris Roth, Steve Johnson, and Chris Nelson), and a still gallery. C.H.U.D. II will include audio commentary with director David Irving, new interviews (with Gerrit Graham, Tricia Leigh Fisher, and Allan Apone), and a still gallery. Here’s a look at those...

T.A.M.I. Show/The Big T.N.T. Show (Blu-ray Disc)   Return of the Living Dead 3 (Blu-ray Disc)   C.H.U.D. II: Bud the CHUD (Blu-ray Disc)

Moving on this afternoon, wanted to take a moment today to promote the great work of one of our own: In case you didn’t know this, our own Jim Hemphill is an accomplished film director and his most recent work, The Trouble with the Truth (which stars Lea Thompson), is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime! I believe it’s free to watch if you’re a Prime member, so do check it out here.

Finally today, we need to take a moment to acknowledge the passing yesterday of director Curtis Hanson. You may know him from such films as The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, The River Wild, and 8 Mile, but it’s for his 1997 classic L.A. Confidential that he’ll be best remembered. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s just a terrific film, and one of the great modern entries in the “neo-noir” genre. Hanson was 71. You can read more here via The New York Times.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt (@BillHuntBits)


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